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Job Description

Air Traffic Controllers control the air traffic to ensure the safety of aircraft and their passengers. They will ensure that the aircraft takes off and lands on time and will use highly sophisticated radar and radio communication to communicate information, instructions and advice to the pilots.

Entry Requirements

ou will need an air traffic control licence from the National Air Traffic Services (NATS). It takes around 3 years to train and you'll complete your training while working.

To become a trainee controller, you'll need:

to be 18 years old
5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent, including English and maths
a medical examination
security clearance
NATS has more information about becoming an air traffic controller.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could move into training and assessing new controllers, or become a supervisor or unit manager.

You could also move into operations management.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Air cabin crew
  • Airline pilot
  • Helicopter pilot

Required Skills

  • Able to keep calm under pressure
  • Excellent concentration levels
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to give clear concise instructions
  • Emotionally stable
  • Good maths skills
  • The ability to interpret information quickly and act accordingly
  • Responsible
  • Good with technology

Starting Salary

£17,000 to £50,000

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